Hi there members, what a simply gorgeous Saturday morning!
Firstly, I did a bit of a ring-around to our West Auckland based members earlier in the week, just to see if everyone was okay after the deluge that swept over the West during Monday evening and into the early hours of Tuesday morning – I hope I got everyone? If you didn’t hear from me, my apologies but maybe text or call me just to let us know the status of where you are. It seems, for the most part, our members did not suffer too badly. Dave Roper had his basement flood (again) but only really because of known drainage issues that – ironically – were due to be resolved the previous week – but Lockdown put paid to that idea. Typical. And Steve and Alexis had some water ingress through their ranch sliders as a result of an over-full water tank and nowhere for the excess water to go. Everyone else assures me they are fine. Good to know! As if Covid and its associated lockdown difficulties were not enough to deal with.
And then we have the terrible incident yesterday, at Lynn Mall Countdown – hopefully none of our members got caught up in that tragedy. I am sure you all share our thoughts for the innocent victims and wish them a full and speedy recovery. What a state this country is becoming – society in general – it truly worries and saddens me. Once upon a time, Fruit-Loops were something you may have had for breakfast – now they seem to be in all walks of life… I’m led to believe, there’s even some in Parliament … ☹ . So please, do take care.
As you know, our ‘out-of-Auckland’ members (of which we have quite a few) are now down one level to Level 3. Auckland remains in Level four until at least 11.59pm Tuesday September 14th – and we will likely only go down one level to Level 3 if we do at all. Northland members had their reduction to Level 3 this Thursday.
This means of course that our scheduled run on Sunday September 19th is, in all probability unlikely to proceed, so we have made tentative arrangements to move this run out a month, to October, provided we are down to level 2 by then. Understandably, we can’t confirm anything at this stage. But we’ll let you know when we do.
For your reading pleasure in the mean time, I have attached is the latest Newsletter from the FoMC and of course, the Club Corkboard https://www.americanclassiccars.org.nz/corkboard is being updated regularly with articles and photos that members have filed – and there is even a list of the new members that the Club has gained already, since January. For those very new additions that we have not yet met in person – your timing has been unfortunate, to say the least! Lol. Seriously though, to all of you, welcome to the American Classic Car Club Auckland and we look forward to the eventual opportunity to get back out in our Classics and enjoy each other’s company.
I’m still considering another Club Quiz for the coming week… so keep an eye on those inboxes.
Many thanks, be safe…
Rob Milligan – President
Wow… how’s that… October 2020 already… hard to believe barely 6 months ago the country was going into our first Covid-19 Lockdown! What a crazy crazy year! And it’s not over yet. Covid hasn’t really gone – it’s just being arguably better managed – and as you read this we are about to head into, or had, our Nation’s rescheduled General Election, so you can be almost assured that 2020 hasn’t finished dishing out the surprises yet, for better or for worse.
Speaking of elections, you will be interested I hope, to know the outcome of our own Club Committee elections earlier this month? Firstly, a huge thank you for everyone that took the opportunity to have your say in a) how the Club is being run and b) by whom.
And the results are in! We had a voter turnout of a pinch under 60% of our membership, which is pretty darn decent really and actually even better than last year, which was also excellent. Your current committee, me included, have all been unanimously voted back in for another term, so big congrats to Russell, Dave, Phil O, Phil S, Peter, Carl and Allan. Well done team, thanks for having my back again for another year, the finest bunch of people to run this neat club of ours you’ll likely meet.
Dave Roper has prepared the Club financials again for the year, which you will find in the Members section of the Website. As you are all aware, this year has been quite the challenge health-wise for Dave, but he has come back strongly and is getting better by the day.
Thank you also to those of you whom took the opportunity to pass comment on our performance this year, which for the most part was very favourable, considering we really didn’t have opportunity to do a whole lot for a third of it! Awesome! Rest assured, we do take your comments on board and any suggestions, recommendations and constructive criticisms will be robustly discussed at our next scheduled committee meeting.
With regards to what happens in twelve months’ time, when we do it all again, it’s anyone’s guess. Peter Lee and Allan Huljich have both indicated this coming year will be their collective last on our committee, so we will be looking for new blood in 12 months’ time. We will also be looking at how we can do that, actually the whole electronic voting format to be honest, better than we presently are. It’s all evolution after all. Watch this space.
Which leads me nicely onto you guys – the members. Rest assured, nothing your executive does means anything at all without your continued support and encouragement. I mean that. We are only the providers in what we do as a Club. You guys are the real reason we are cracking along as well as we are in clearly quite unprecedented times. Without your continued membership, your continued enthusiasm for our Club, we would be in an entirely different place.
So a heart-felt thank you to all of you, from me and your committee. Cheers!
See you soon, Rob.
Good morning Members,
I just wanted to update you all on some of the things that have some impact on our Club and what we can expect and what we can and cannot do, for the time being at least.
First up, it should come as little surprise after the Government’s announcement yesterday afternoon that, as we now remain at level 3 Covid alert level, there is no possibility of hosting our Club Run tomorrow, to the Ginger Crunch Cafe. Which is a damn shame as at least the weather appears to be behaving itself, even if nothing else is!
We will make an announcement over the planned run to Maungatapere on September 5th, once we know what direction we are being steered after the next Covid announcement scheduled for August 26th. The reality here is, if they won’t let anyone out of Auckland, past Te Hana, then we won’t be going to the Packard Museum either, sadly.
On other matters, after best part of 14 years in the ‘job’, Russell Wilson has respectfully advised that he will not be putting our quarterly Magazine, the Cruisepaper, together any longer. And as the balance of our committee do not have the time to take on additional responsibilities such as taking over the publication of the magazine, I am admittedly saddened somewhat to announce that it has become another printed statistic in this ever-increasing digital world we live in.
Rest assured, I would be happy to resurrect it, if there was a Club member prepared to take it on? But until that happens, it’s been consigned to Club history.
I wish to take this opportunity to thank Russell in particular for all of his efforts to produce the magazine over such a long period, from a black & white monthly to a very good quality full colour quarterly Club publication. We were often complimented on it, from sources outside of the club circles. And there’s no denying those efforts have been considerable, to say the least. I wish to thank all of the contributors to the magazine over that time also, and prior too, as without your contributions there would have been little to put into it and it may well have ceased some time ago.
Rest assured however, the Club Website will now be, more than ever, the place to look at for past and up-coming Club activities, articles of interest and all things Club related and Russell is more than happy to continue on as our go-to Webmaster! Thank heavens for that!
And you will begin to see some progressive changes to the formatting etc of the club website, to cater for the demise of the Cruisepaper. If you take a peak from today, you will see what I mean, with a crisp new modern layout. One new feature in particular, is the ‘Corkboard’, which will be the area where the likes of the Committee posts, my reports, and members articles etc, will be posted. Let us know what you think! Go to www.americanclassiccars.org.nz
Meantime… what can I say? Take care of yourselves, don’t over-polish your classic to the point your buff through the paint and at least think of the money you are saving in fuel, whilst you can’t really use them for the time being! Every cloud has a silver lining, apparently J .
Hopefully, we will see each other sometime soon. Cheers,
Rob Milligan – President